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Veterans of the aether revolt: Amonkhet

Standard* Aggro Budget Combo W/B (Orzhov)



Our tale brings us out of Kaladesh and in to Amonkhet. Fascinated by the concept of embalm, our heroes befriend the gods to cheat death and bring about the defeat of all who stand in their way. Still roused from the fight for the renegades, the deck splashes black for that extra edge.

- Odric, Lunarch Marshal: The linchpin of the deck. The whole idea is to flood the board with keywords and then play him to project everything onto everyone. Can still win without him but it's the main win-con.

  • Aerial Responder: A solid 2/3 with flying, lifelink, and vigilance. Packs a lot of punch and makes for a great partner card to Odric.

  • Drana, Liberator of Malakir: Another great 2/3 flyer that also provides first strike. Her ability to give +1/+1 counters to attacking creatures if she does damage provides for a good hard ramp if left unchecked.

  • Gifted Aetherborn: A slightly worse Vampire Nighthawk, bringing deathtouch and lifelink to the table.

  • Glint-Sleeve Siphoner: Cheap and Easy menace. Also provides card draw. What's not to like?

  • Lone Rider  Flip: I've always thought Lone Rider should be a rare- I mean, it's so good! First Strike and lifelink that flips into a 4/4 first strike lifelink trample is just brutal. Could do a lot on its own.

  • Rancid Rats: cheap deathtouch and skulk, which makes all of the creatures in the deck that have greater toughness than power stupid strong, as skulk will ensure that your creatures never take lethal while they drain everything of life.

  • Sacred Cat turn 1 lifelink with embalm. Better than vampire cutthroat.

  • Oketra the True 4 cost double strike and indestructable that grants vigilance through tokens. Stronk.


woo! We made it to number one! I'm sure it's not as big a deal as I feel it is, but as someone who's only played since august this is kinda big to me. Thanks for the support, suggestions, and advice! I can't wait to make this deck even better in the future!

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like70bunnies says... #1

Selfless spirit is a really good idea.. I'm adding it to the maybeboard because i'm broke as all hell right now. I'll play around with it and see what i can do.

An aside: I played the deck (stand-in galore) against some great decks including GW Humans, RW thing in ice, and BU Aetherworks. It steamrolled almost every game. Honestly, the deck draws whatever it needs in the sense that anything will further the ramp. I've been so excited to fully build this and it's delivering!

January 19, 2017 12:01 p.m.

superwill123 says... #2

Yahenni, Undying Partisan would be great in this deck! Can grant the team haste with odric, and if you sac a creature before combat, indestructible too! It's a WONDERFUL choice!

January 19, 2017 11:10 p.m.

UmmmmmmLOL says... #3

i've tested this deck all week and unfortunately i think i've come to the conclusion that yahenni just doesnt make the cut. the haste and indestructible are nice, but a 2/2 for 3 mana just isnt worth it, even with his counters ability. the creatures are too valuable to sac to him unless you have gideon pumping out tokens, and if you sac a creature before combat to try to get the indestructible for all from odric, they can still kill him at instant speed and then you got 2 for 1'ed. sac'ing a creature in response to lethal damage to yahenni rarely feels worth it since it usually costs you in other, more ueful keywords. if you absolutely need indestructible, i suggest 2 Archangel Avacyn  Flip, 3 Selfless Spirit and 4 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar. as far as haste goes, add a couple Aether Hub for colorless and one time white or black mana, then throw in 2-4 Reality Smasher. once you slap some more keywords on that bad boy, he is absolutely devastating and he is very tough to remove. he dodges Grasp of Darkness and Fatal Push, and any removal that can actually hit him forces the opponent to 2 for 1 themselves. seriously, use smasher, he will win you games.

January 20, 2017 6:57 a.m.

I totally agree with UmmmmmmLOL, Reality Smasher provides two keywords, and avoids many of the meta game removals. (however you would need to run Aether Hub which is another good thing for mana fixing other than for smasher). As far as Archangel Avacyn  Flip goes, the price may be the set back on it. But play testing it would be a great way to determine if it's worth it.

January 26, 2017 11:17 p.m.

An add on to my most recent comment, have you considered Gisela, the Broken Blade, and Angel of Invention?. They are good keyword cards, however they are considerably easy to deal with, noting that Harnessed Lightning and Galvanic Bombardment are still up and about.

January 26, 2017 11:24 p.m.

UmmmmmmLOL says... #6

Gisela is pretty good, since even if they kill her, the looming threat of Brisela, Voice of Nightmares is always around the corner, you can also use bruna to bring back odric or something, but a 7 mana spell in a deck like this might not be your friend.

January 27, 2017 11:28 a.m.

UmmmmmmLOL says... #7

Honestly I've been having better luck testing a g/w version which enables Blossoming Defense, Beastcaller Savant, Verdurous Gearhulk and one of my personal favourites Duskwatch Recruiter  Flip. But that's just preference I guess.

January 27, 2017 11:33 a.m.

scarson300 says... #8

Great job on this!!! I have been trying to do something similar with Black / White but I don't have Drana...which is a huge piece of this. It went toe to toe with my R/W Human standard deck from last rotation Straight Outta Hanweir I love that you have a ton of ways to flip Lone Rider as well.

I have only been playing since Shadows...played a bit when I was really young but things have changed so much. Congrats on getting #1 the deck is super strong.

January 27, 2017 1:34 p.m.

like70bunnies says... #9

Sorry for the drop in my absence, life got in the way. Thanks for the compliments! The deck is still running really strong! :)

February 10, 2017 12:45 a.m.

Emphaze says... #10

Solemn Recruit mmhmm double strike

February 15, 2017 9:43 p.m.

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Revision 11 (1 week ago)

+1 Glint-Sleeve Siphoner main
-4 Vampire Cutthroat main
-2 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar main
+2 Oketra the True main
+3 Sacred Cat main
+2 Lay Bare the Heart side
+2 Supernatural Stamina side
-4 Fragmentize side
+2 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar maybe
-1 Selfless Spirit maybe
+1 Thalia's Lancers maybe
-1 Forsaken Sanctuary maybe
-1 Aether Hub maybe
-1 Yahenni, Undying Partisan maybe

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